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The national emphasis on STEM education grows in part from the need for more mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. Without growth in these areas, our nation's ability to develop and advance its industrial base and to compete internationally will be at stake. This reality affects us all, but it is keenly felt in the modernizing Army, which depends increasingly on science and technology.
STEM education comprises courses ranging from microbiology to statistics, organic chemistry to computer programming. Currently, approximately fifty percent of cadets major in a discipline that falls under the rubric of STEM education, and onehundred percent of cadets, even as non-majors, still take a substantial amount of coursework in STEM disciplines. However, minority populations throughout the nation and at West Point are underrepresented in STEM fields. Compared with non-minority cadets, minority cadets are far less likely to major in a STEM discipline or pursue a STEM-related career after West Point. Additionally, minority cadets are often underperforming in STEM disciplines, suffering the ill effects of inequality in our systems of primary and secondary education.
In order to ensure that these underrepresented cadets receive the outreach, guidance, and resources needed to encourage their interest and success in STEM, West Point seeks to develop Center for Leadership and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
  Army Research Lab
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Lab provides the underpinning science, technology, and analysis that enable full-spectrum operations.
  Army Research Office
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office (ARO) mission is to serve as the Army's premier extramural basic research agency in the engineering, physical, information and life sciences; developing and exploiting innovative advances to insure the Nation's technological superiority.
  Army Educational Outreach Program
The AEOP is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
  National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense."
The Center for Leadership and S.T.E.M. recognizes the following organizations whose views on diversity in S.T.E.M. aligns with the Centers Mission and Vision Statements.
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Army Research Office
  • Army Educational Outreach Program
  • West Point Contest
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Army Research Labs
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)